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Review of the book "Primary Perception" by Hal Fox

If you are a medical doctor, a physician or surgeon, or a professional who deals with human beings and their problems, this book is a must-read. For the rest of the intelligent population, this book is a should-read. Personally, this reviewer highly recommends that you buy and read this interesting report by Cleve Backster about Cleve Backster's life's work.

This reviewer's first information about Cleve Backster came from reading about his early work in Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird's The Secret Life of Plants. It was amazing to me then, and still is, that a person skilled in the use of a polygraph (equipment used for lie-detection) would think to hook up the polygraph to a plant to measure the plant's response. Backster was about to water a Dracaena plant in the office and wondered whether he could measure the movement of the water into the plant leaves. From such an initial thought came a life's work and changes in the way we must view universal life. You will enjoy the story as told by Backster. From viewing the traces of the polygraph sensor, the results were different than Backster expected and he noted a surge response that was somewhat like one would measure when questioning a person. As Backster relates: "Well, if this plant wants to show me some people-like reactions, I've got to use some people like rules on it and see it I can get this to happen again."

Later Backster decided to try something that the plant could really feel like using a flame to burn a leaf. It was astonishing to note that it was the THOUGHT of burning a leaf to which the polygraph showed an immediate response! From this bit of history, it must be stated that science now has years of data on plant, animal, and even microscopic life forms and their ability to respond to thought processes.

One interesting example was Backster's observation of a plant's reaction on the polygraph when he poured boiling water down the sink. What could hot water going down a sink have to do with a response from his measurements? The answer led into a new series of investigations. It had to be that live microscopic organisms in the drain were killed by the hot water - thus the response. Astonishing that bacteria could emit signals that could be received many feet away by another life form.

As a scientist I can understand why it has taken so long for the enormously important discoveries being made by Cleve Backster to begin to be accepted by the scientific community. It is strongly a part of science's understanding of life that some type of a brain or nervous system would be required to respond to (or emit) stimuli. How could a plant, an egg, a cup of yogurt, or just some white cells from a person's mouth either respond to or emit detectable stimuli?

Cleve Backster's book is both a trail of discovery and the slow and grudging partial acceptance by some scientists of the fact that all living cells appear to have some sensitivity to the well-being of other life forms. Science has not, as yet, accepted Backster's discoveries. A scientific fact is best defined as: A series of observations of the same phenomena. This definition implies replication. Backster's book reports on a variety of replications of his work both by other investigators and by military laboratories.

At the beginning of Chapter 8, Backster includes the following quote from Max Planck: A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die and the new generation grows up that's familiar with it.

Unfortunately, even the best of scientists among us have some problems with accepting dramatic changes resulting from new discoveries. This author is well acquainted with the difficulty of "teaching old dogs new tricks." We become so immersed in making incremental advances in our own scientific specialties that we often lose sight of the dramatic changes that are being discovered and, hopefully, gradually accepted.

Backster ends with a discussion of what is needed for the further development and acceptance of biocommunication. What is needed is inexpensive monitoring devices (so that high school students, for example, can replicate and/or extend some of Backster's work). Simple sensing devices are pretty well developed. Yards of chart paper is expensive and so are chart-type recorders. This reviewer suggests that the use of some of the megabytes of computer memory can store an enormous amount of data and should be used for recording and display of sensory changes.

In the Secret Life of Plants, this reviewer read about how a carrot being sliced could emit signals that could be picked up by another life form being monitored. However, if prayer was first used, then the carrot did not emit such signals. Perhaps, the bible has some interesting reason for suggesting that one prayer over the food. Do you pray before slicing your carrots? You may want to after reading Cleve Backster's life's work. Backster also indicates how some cells also go silent under some other circumstances. This effect sometimes makes it more difficult to replicate a given experiment.

Again, this reviewer strongly recommends that you read about biocommunication. It may just change the way you view all of the living world. You may become nicer to your plants.

Review of Primary By Brian O'Leary

Cleve Backster is no ordinary scientist. His path to discovery, so well described in his autobiographical book Primary Perception, brings together both the human and objective elements into a gripping detective story, leading to insights many scientists would not want to touch because the implications are so profound and in some respects contradictory to the materialistic world view that grips contemporary science.

The subtitle well expresses his breakthroughs: Biocommunication with plants, living foods and human cells. Backster's courage and humility in breaking out of the traditional box of Western science provides an inspiration for the rest of us.

As a physics faculty member at Princeton University during the 1970s, I began to have some experiences that shattered my own materialistic paradigm. I became hungry for experiments which would reveal the mysteries of consciousness, of measuring communications of intent with other living beings as a force that transcends ordinary physics and biology.

When Backster's experiments came to my attention, I spent time in his laboratory verifying the extraordinary phenomena on the influence of human intent on the electrical activity of target cells. I was so inspired, I used Backster's work in the lead to my book, Exploring Inner and Outer Space.

The process of Backster's discoveries revealed in Primary Perception is required reading for anyone interested in how science could be done in a better world. Ironically, the humility with which he took on the task made him better qualified to do the work than prestigious scientists at leading universities who have vested interests in traditional science and have avoided this kind of research for fear of being ostrasized by their peers.

It takes great courage to break out of the old, comfortable modes of research (I call it the box of materialism) and go for the truth for what it is, rather than for more limited truths inside the box. Backster's independence is a key to his success, because he is not trying to impress anybody or placate funding sources; he's an authentic truth-seeker, intelligent, honest, transparent, generous with his time, childlike in his sense of awe and wonder with the phenomena, and willing to take the path of discovery wherever it leads.

This book can be easily understood by almost anyone. It's a great read and an essential addition to any library on new science.

Brian O'Leary, Ph.D.

former astronaut and professor of astronomy
Co-founder, International Association of New Science
Founding president, New Energy Movement

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